Steven Gerrard has hit back at claims that Rangers first-team players Nathan Patterson, Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey were treated differently after their Covid breaches last month.
George Edmundson and Jordan Jones were loaned out by Rangers after attending a house party last year.
Patterson, Zungu and Bassey were re-introduced into the Gers squad for the Europa League game against Antwerp, with Patterson coming on and scoring a crucial goal with his first touch of the ball.
Unsurprisingly, Chris Sutton was the most vocal critic.
Writing in his column for the Daily Record, he wrote, “Rangers are massively guilty of double standards.
“If I were Jordan Jones and George Edmundson, I’d be feeling betrayed. Those two were hung out. Yet the other boys did the same thing and were put straight back into the squad.
“It absolutely stinks of hypocrisy and double standards.”
Talking on Tuesday, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, Gerrard said, “The boys are back within the group and it’s important to say they are not being treated any differently to the previous two.
“Contrary to what I’ve read in certain reports, they have been dealt with exactly the same way in terms of fines.
“They all had to self-isolate for the correct amount of time under the government guidelines. They were suspended by the club for the same amount of time and fined the exact same amount in terms of weeks’ wages.
“I think the only difference is the two previous lads were desperate to play and wanted to go out on loan. That was their decision as much as mine. But it’s important for me to stress no one is being treated differently from anyone else. That’s important for me to get that across.”
Let that be the end of it
We hope this will be the final word on the unfortunate episode.
There are plenty of people and pundits who want to see it dragged out, in the hope of tarnishing a wonderful season.
But it’s been dealt with by the authorities, it’s been dealt with by Rangers and it’s important that Gerrard hits back at untruths being peddled by the likes of Sutton.
He doesn’t know what’s going on behind the scenes at Rangers but he’s got a very influential voice.
The column, that stirred the pot as well as trying to agitate unrest within the Rangers camp, was easy to bat off as a Rangers fan, but it gives ammunition to our opponents.
Gerrard has nipped it in the bud and now we can look forward to moving one big step closer to the Premiership title with a win against Livingston in the early kick-off tonight.
Sutton might not like it, but Nathan Patterson has a real chance of starting with the current injury problems at the club.
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